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The White House releases budget blueprint

February 27, 2017

    Earlier today the White House released its budget blueprint. Of course it is still short on details, that will have to be worked out by the Congress, but we are beginning to get a grip on Donald Trump’s ideas on the national budget and it looks to me as if there are things in there which will make conservatives happy as well as things that will not make them happy. The same might be said for the left but the party of no is just not going to admit it might not be all bad. (IE no cuts to Social Security or Medicare)

  Donald Trump intends to increase spending on the military (although not enough for warmonger John McCain’s liking) while offsetting the spending with domestic cuts to the State Department, the EPA, and other agencies while leaving Social Security and Medicare alone. Here is more:

The White House took its first steps Monday toward what would be a dramatic reshuffling of the $3 trillion-plus federal budget, sending guidance to agencies that calls for a $54 billion increase in defense spending and corresponding reductions to most non-security agencies.

While Office of Management and Budget officials briefed reporters on the plan this morning, President Donald Trump publicly explained his proposal to focus federal spending on national security, including boosts to the military, local law enforcement and the Border Patrol, while cutting domestic programs and foreign aid. Trump has said his budget will not include cuts to Medicare or Social Security, the usual targets of Republicans trying to trim federal spending.

Trump said the proposed increase in military spending “will be offset and paid for by finding greater savings and efficiencies across the federal government.” He didn’t offer specifics, though he pointed to recent attempts to negotiate military contracts, adding, “We cut the hell out of the prices.”

  I like the idea of streamlining the Federal agencies to save money, it will be interesting to see if he can actually pull it off, but while he is at it he should not ignore the Pentagon. Back in 2015 a report was released which found the Pentagon could slash $125 billion in spending over 5 years by streamlining the bureaucracy but the report was covered up by the Pentagon because they did not want to see the budget cut.

  Before more money is spent on national defense this report needs to be looked into. It seems to me that instead of increasing the military spending by $54 billion the wasted money already allotted to the Pentagon could be better spent–if these numbers are correct the Pentagon could cut its funding and still have more resources. But I am not holding my breath…

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  1. February 27, 2017 8:35 pm

    Reblogged this on Brittius.

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    • February 28, 2017 6:38 am

      Thank you.

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      • February 28, 2017 8:22 am

        You’re welcome.

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  2. February 27, 2017 9:29 pm

    There will be plenty of cuts to Medicare when the Obamacare gets the axe. Even before. They have just cut Physical Therapy reimbursements, and we have just gotten started.

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    • February 28, 2017 6:40 am

      Hadn’t heard they cut PT reimbursements, is that part of insurance companies trying to save money?

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      • February 28, 2017 8:08 am

        It was CMS the agency of the government that controls Medicaid, Medicare, determines regs and “guidelines.” Its the agency that on any day publishes a “rule” in the Federal Register, hands out waivers, etc. The one to keep an eye on as we move through the changes.

        https://www.cms.gov/

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      • February 28, 2017 8:29 pm

        Thanks for that information and for the link!

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  3. February 27, 2017 9:44 pm

    Yes, how does that go again, “Spend everything allotted to justify needing it – regardless!” That word Budget hasn’t really been alive for some time. The ‘piggies’ just keep wanting more.
    I did see that First Lady Melania has decreased staff “The number of employees in Melania Trump’s office has reached a total number of 20 people.” – meaning Michael Obama needed more ‘fussers’ – costing tax payers $$$ MORE.
    http://envolve.com/2017/02/26/melania-ditches-most-of-michelle-obamas-huge-staff-saves-taxpayers-thousands/
    A NOTICABLE difference of ‘Quality’!! Good for her ~ out w/ the scum!

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    • February 28, 2017 6:42 am

      That’s right Zip, they spend every single dime to make sure the money keeps coming in even if they do not need it. Hadn’t heard Melania has cut staff down but it shows they are willing to do what they say they are going to do.

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  4. February 27, 2017 10:23 pm

    I for one am disappointed in the increase in the military budget. As you point out the Pentagon report shows they could cut the budget. There are other reports that show they can’t tract their inventory and millions are wasted. Also the ratio of active duty soldiers to support personnel is out of balance. Trump campagned on cutting the waste in the military budget, cutting unneeded procurement, (F35, litteroral ships etc) and closing foreign bases (Japan and Germany). I think there is a lot of work to be done on this budget.

    Not cutting SS and MC is OK, but the funding needs to be fixed. Both of these programs are headed off the cliff if nothing is done. Adopt a national lottery and fund these programs. Fix the fraud in these programs. Take SS out of the hands of Congress establish a public/private corporation that can manage the fund. Cut the overhead in these programs.

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    • February 28, 2017 6:43 am

      I agree 100%!

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    • February 28, 2017 12:25 pm

      I wonder if Trump is specifying the ‘real military’ vs the ‘fake’ = pentagon.
      Making Our Military Strong Again
      https://www.whitehouse.gov/making-our-military-strong-again
      I wonder if they’ll find those Trillions of $$$ certain ‘ones’ in the Pentagon “lost”. More people for Gitmo!
      Here’s something you can fill out: https://www.whitehouse.gov/joint-address-issues-survey

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      • February 28, 2017 8:31 pm

        Thanks for the links! Somehow I think that “lost” money is gone forever…

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    • February 28, 2017 9:39 pm

      CJ I came across this and thought of what you’d mentioned recently: IRS Forces U.S. Citizens To Pay A Percentage Of Their Taxes To The Queen Of England.

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    • February 28, 2017 9:54 pm

      Link: https://politicalvelcraft.org/2012/02/08/americans-pay-a-percentage-of-their-taxes-to-the-queen-of-england-via-the-irs/

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      • March 1, 2017 6:33 am

        Thanks for the link, there is some interesting information in that article.

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  5. February 28, 2017 12:26 pm

    OT: What we’re learning it’s either something of value and quality of Life or of the ‘scum mentality’.

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    • February 28, 2017 8:33 pm

      Thanks for sharing that, it did a great job at exposing the hypocrisy.

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